In order for skin to be healthy and look and feel its best, it needs moisture. When skin lacks moisture it can appear dry, crackly, flaky, red, or all of the above, but there are some less noticeable signs too such as congestion, tightness, and dullness. Everyone has encountered these unfortunate side effects at some point in time; dry skin doesn’t discriminate. So, what causes dry skin? It can arise out of nowhere as a result of a myriad of causes from things we can’t control such as the weather outside and the hardness or softness of our water, to things we can (sort of) control such as how many cups of coffee we consume and how high we turn up the thermostat. All that to say, escaping dry and sensitive skin is not a task for the faint at heart.
So, if we’re all bound to encounter this condition at one time or another, or every year when winter rolls around, what can we do to prepare for and treat it? Here, we’ll show you how to treat dry skin with ultra-hydrating products. When you incorporate these five hydrating products into your skincare routine for dry skin, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your symptoms, and when you stick to using them regularly, you will see a dramatic difference in the condition of your skin. Say goodbye to sensitive, itchy skin and hello to a vibrant, dewy complexion.
5 Hydrating Products to Reverse Dry Skin
A Daily Hydrating Serum
A hydrating serum can deliver potent nutrients to your skin cells beneath the surface. There are two types of serums we recommend; one to deliver the nutrients your skin needs, and another to help it hold onto those nutrients. We suggest using our Natural Moisture Factor and Hyaluronic Concentrate in tandem. The first contains nutrients and botanicals proven to improve the skin’s moisture and renewal, while the second contains hyaluronic acid to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
If dry patches or congestion are the main symptoms showing up for you, you may not be exfoliating enough. As new skin cells regenerate, old skin cells die off and can get stuck on the skin’s surface. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, which can reduce dry patches and improve the skin’s overall texture. Use a facial polish such as our Lemon Cream Facial Scrub or an exfoliant with AHAs such as our Hydrating Brightening Solution, which is gentle enough to use 3-4 times a week. The lactic acid (an AHA) it’s formulated with will help dissolve dead skin cells on the surface so hydrating products can penetrate the pores beneath them easier. The result? Less congestion and dry patches, and more hydrated skin.
A Moisture-Rich Mask
A hydrating mask is a must if you have dry and sensitive skin. Traditionally, masks are a 15-20 minute treatment you wash away, and while that is effective for regular use, you can also leave some hydrating masks on overnight. An overnight mask will help lock in all of the hydration you add earlier in your skincare routine and ensure no moisture escapes while you sleep.
Try our VitaRich Mask for a quick facial, or for a hydrating overnight solution. It’s full of essential fatty acids and vitamins that will leave healthy skin soft and smooth.
A Heavy-Duty Moisturizer
Your typical moisturizer isn’t a match for the dark winter months when the icy cold outside and the hot, dry air inside are out to get you. Lather on a thicker moisturizing cream to wage war against the elements effectively. Thickness isn’t all that matters in a moisturizer though, the ingredients do too. For great results, select a formula rich with peptides and ceramides that soothe and repair skin.
Our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is just what you need. This ultra-rich cream slathers on beautifully to provide immediate relief. Plus, it is formulated with peptides and ceramides, which help support the skin’s natural barrier so it can heal itself.
How To Apply Products for Dry Skin
The products you use are important, but so is how you use them. Follow the order of operations for skincare and work from the thinnest product to the thickest product. Given the recommendations we made above, a proper dry skincare routine would look like this: cleanse, mask, mist, apply serum and hyaluronic acid (maybe mix them in your palm as a cocktail?) and then lather on moisturizer. On nights where you want a more deeply hydrating treatment, apply the mask last and let it sink in overnight.
Timing is important, too. Your skin is more ready to receive hydration right after you shower, take a bath or wash your face, so don’t hesitate in applying the best products for dry skin after cleansing. This way, your skin can make the most of the nourishing and hydrating products it craves.